Have you enjoyed cooler autumn weather? Here are some family fun ideas to save money this fall season.
- Go to the orchard
This one’s obvious. Fall is the time for orchards–apple, pumpkin, you name it. Not only are orchards a great, cheap, way to spend several hours during the day (who doesn’t love a good corn maze?), but they also can have good deals on food. A bucket of freshly picked apples for $5? Yes please. Plus, many orchards sell all the ingredients you need to make your own apple or pumpkin-related products at home. So you can basically take the taste of the orchard home with you.
- Make a plan for holiday shopping
Like it or not, the holiday season will be right around the corner. Contrary to what some people might tell you, it’s never too early to start planning your gift giving for the year. You might also be thinking that it’s wiser to wait because Black Friday always has the best deals. But this is not always the case. The reality is you’re just as likely to find good deals pre-Black Friday as you are post-Black Friday. So take some time, do some gift hunting, and save yourself the stress of shopping with the holiday crowd. Remember to shop the Zebit Market and take advantage of the pay over time financing.
- Take advantage of the outdoors
Hiking is free. Parks are free. Fishing is surprisingly inexpensive. This will be your last chance to really enjoy the outdoors until next year, so take advantage of it. Go outside and do something. Anything! It doesn’t matter. Even if it’s just walking. You’ll wish you had after being cooped up for three months.
And this isn’t just for recreation too. For most communities, fall is the end of farmer’s markets. If you’ve never been to a farmer’s market, drop what you’re doing and go. Not only can you get incredibly fresh, locally sourced food, but you can get amazing deals.
- Be a fair junkie
Fall is one of the most popular times to host fairs and carnivals. If you look hard enough, you can probably find a new one every weekend of the season. If you get lucky, these can be great ways to kill an entire day, or at least a couple hours. Even with admission fees festivals and the like are relatively cheap, as long as you’re careful not to buy something at every stand you pass.
- Winter is coming. Prepare yourself.
This isn’t so much an activity as it is a general frugal habit. Nonetheless, now is a great time to make sure your home is in shape to handle the colder weather. Seal those gaps in your doors and windows. Clean your gutters so your pipes don’t clog and freeze. Replace that old heater so you aren’t wasting money on your gas bill, or air conditioning unit (it’ll be cheaper now than in spring). For winter clothing, heaters, and everything else, check out the Zebit Market to buy now and pay over time.